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Market Trends and New Issues in Canada – 2018

Michael Gans and Alex Moore, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP The Canadian M&A market in 2017 followed the global pace with a decrease in total deal value from C$392 billion to C$351 billion year-on-year. The decrease was attributed to a reduction in average deal size, from C$127 million in 2016 to C$110 million in 2017, as there was actually a slight increase in number of deals from 3,088 in 2016 to 3,196 in 2017. Notably, in a departure from the typical reliance in the Canadian market on natural resource deals, the past year brimmed with innovation, including a focus on opportunities in the tech space and cryptocurrencies, and the emergence of the Canadian recreational cannabis industry, all of which could make for a strong 2018.

Recent Canadian regulatory developments - OSFI releases draft Revised Corporate Governance Guideline

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Stuart S Carruthers, Stikeman Elliott LLP In this article, Stuart Carruthers at Stikeman Elliott assesses recent regulatory developments in the Canadian market, highlighting particularly the draft of the Revised Corporate Governance Guideline.

Insurance & Reinsurance 2018: Roundtable

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Who’s Who Legal brings together Rod S Attride-Stirling at ASW Law Ltd, Zhan Hao at AnJie Law Firm, Martín G Argañaraz Luque at Allende & Brea, Christoph K Graber at Prager Dreifuss Ltd, and Scott Seaman at Hinshaw Culbertson LLP to discuss issues facing insurance and reinsurance lawyers and their clients in the industry today.

Some features of the direct action against liability insurers under Belgian law: the Sunset Clause and direct action against foreign insurers

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Hugo Keulers, Lydian This article discusses two important features of the direction action against liability insurers under Belgian law. First, the Belgian Supreme Court has rendered an important decision regarding a discussion on the interpretation and application of the sunset clause in article 142 of the Insurance Act of 4 April 2014. Second, the Belgian direct action system is also much broader than the direct action that is allowed against indemnity/liability insurers in other EU jurisdictions. However, the application of the Belgian direct action in an international context has been challenged in Belgian case law.

Managing Big Data - the Constant Challenge for a Construction Lawyer

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Andrew Stephenson and Dado Hrustanpasic, Corrs Chambers Westgarth Complex engineering and construction projects, particularly relating to energy, resources and public infrastructure, are often valued in multiple billions of US dollars. In Australia, in excess of US$200 billion has been invested since 2011 in the oil and gas sector alone. With the ever-increasing size and complexity of projects has come a massive increase in the volume of documents involved therein, facilitated by technology making it ever easier to create, copy and store documents. Large projects can easily generate tens of millions of documents.

The New 2017 FIDIC Suite of Contracts

Nicholas Gould

Nicholas Gould, Fenwick Elliott LLP The new FIDIC 2017 suite of contracts was launched in London at the FIDIC International Contract Users’ Conference in December 2017. The first edition of the suite was issued in 1999, and so 18 years have passed without revision. A pre-release version of the Yellow Book was unveiled on 6 December 2016 at the Users’ Conference in London, which resulted in further consultation, discussion and amendment before the 2017 second editions were concluded. The second-edition contracts include the Red Book (a traditional-build contract, so for construction only with design by the employer), the Yellow Book (a design-and-build contract) and the Silver Book (for EPC/turnkey projects).

The Evolution of Collaboration in Building Construction, Disputes and Expert Services

Gerry Brannigan

Gerry Brannigan, HKA What does the future hold for the building construction industry and what are the implications for the associated dispute market?

Construction 2018: Roundtable

Who’s Who Legal brings together Michael Stokes at Navigant, Patrick McGeehin at FTI Consulting and Amit Garg at Secretariat International to discuss issues facing construction experts and the industry today.

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